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					Blackboard for Library Instructors

                JQ Johnson
   Director, UO Center for Educational

                9 Nov 2006
    This presentation
   Blackboard overview for library faculty
    (followup to similar presentation 8 Sept 05)
   Using Blackboard in library instruction
        Self-paced tutorials
        Teaching LIB courses
   Ways we can help other faculty use Bb
        Providing help and referrals
        Advising faculty on resources to include in their coursesites
        Integrating with other library services
    What is Blackboard?
   A commercial, web-based “Course Management
   An integrated, easy to use environment offering wide
    variety of features for teaching
        access control: only enrolled students participate in course
        easy web publishing of syllabus, lecture notes, etc.
        asynchronous communication: announcements, threaded
         discussion, surveys
        synchronous communication: chat room, virtual whiteboard
        online quizzes, homework submission, and gradebook
        collaborative workgroups
   A UO Library service
                                Blackboard usage: consistent growth
                                since 1999
                                                                                              Statistics as of 31 Oct 2006:
                                        Blackboard Usage at UO
                       25000                                     1600                            18,598 student users (85% of
                                                                                                  all students)

                       20000                                                                     1369 active fall-term or fall-
                                                                                                  sem Banner (CRN) coursesites
                                                                                                  1500 faculty, GTFs, and staff

                                                                        active course sites
active student users

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                       10000                                                                     Approx. 57,000 fall coursesite
                                                                                                  enrollments (estimate: at least
                                                                                                  2/3 of all UO student credit
                                                                 200                              hours now have a Blackboard
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The UO Blackboard home page --
    Typical UO Blackboard courses
   Courses in almost every discipline
   Large lecture, small seminar, and everything
    in between, plus non-course uses
   Some use for true distance ed and “hybrid”
    courses, but most supplements face to face
   Different instructors use different features
        Different instructors have different pedagogical
        Most instructors start slow – first term teaching
         with Blackboard use only a few features
  The Blackboard team at the Library
                          Not shown:
            Tim Boshart    CET Consulting (faculty

            Blackboard      support), esp. Nargas
            Coordinator     Oskui
            and system     Library Systems

            admin          ITCs (student support)

                           Media Services, CET:IM

JQ Johnson                 etc.
Director, CET
and project
Blackboard users
                      All instructors and
                       students have accounts.
                       Log in as you would to
                       wireless or to modem
                       pool, e.g.:
                          Username:
                          Password: my darkwing
                           (don’t know your password?
                      Data in Blackboard is
                       loaded from banner twice
                       a day
Blackboard coursesites
                    Coursesites are created
                     automatically for (almost) all UO
                     CRN courses each term.
                         Instructors can request a “merged”
                          site combining CRNs
                         UO “instructor of record” is
                          Blackboard “instructor”
                         Default to “unavailable” to students
                          – instructor must activate before
                         Sites created starting beginning of
                          registration period for term, then
                          twice a day
                    Also sites for: department (staff);
                     major (undergrad); by request to
Getting started
                  Instructors edit coursesite
                     via “Control Panel”
                    Add material by filling out
                     forms in web browser or
                     uploading files
                    Reuse material by
                     copying a previous
                     version of the course
                    Change settings for
                     appearance, functionality
                    Invoke instructor tools
                     (email, gradebook, etc.)
    Field trip
   A brief demo of blackboard with a focus on
    library-centric features
        Some typical existing CRN coursesites
        A support coursesite
        A brand new empty coursesite
    Using Blackboard in teaching
   LIB courses are UO courses, so automatically
    have Blackboard sites
   We can create additional special-purpose
    sites for special populations
   We can create publicly accessible sites, e.g.
    library tutorials
           Some other sites

Sent: Monday, October 30, 2006 9:41 AM
                                                   Other sites also use Blackboard
To: BBFS@LISTSERV.MIAMI.EDU                          for library tutorials:
Subject: Re: [BBFS] Library Tutorials
Northwest Nazarene University conducts library
orientations through Blackboard for our fully
online programs as well as a few others.                 ibrary/faculty/researchcollegest
Students click links to library databases, etc.,         udents.htm
and complete half a dozen or so Assignments
using the trackable assignment feature. A   
librarian is enrolled in the course so s/he can
retrieve the assignments and answer questions.
For more info, contact Lance McGrath at You can tell him I sent you

    Helping faculty use Blackboard
   We can answer typical FAQs: how to log in,
    where to get help, where to send students for
        Blackboard HELP (many resources, including FAQ)
        For faculty: CET consulting (Knight 19); CET:IM;
         Blackboard workshops (formerly IT Curriculum)
        For students: ITCs
        Computing Center micro support
    Helping faculty enhance their Bb sites
   Problem is identifying the faculty, but can use
    Bb catalog, personal contacts
   Most sites allow guests to browse portions
   Instructor of record “owns” the site, but can
    be encouraged to add SS as “teaching
    assistant”, or can simply take advice and do it
    Providing resources to enrich faculty Bb
   Some subject specialists are now providing
    custom Blackboard materials for their clients
        Providing course-specific research guides loaded
         into Bb coursesite
        Identifying/evaluating things to include or link to
         (not just finding aids and research materials)
        Identifying relevant RSS feeds
        Helping with mechanics of linking to library
        Providing advice on collaborative learning
       Some other sites

Sites with online tutorials about integrating library resources
   in blackboard:
   Google “integrating library blackboard” for many more
    Integrating with other online Library
   We preload coursesites with
        Link to library home page
        Link to ereserves (with automatic login)
        Instructions, including a pointer to subject
         specialist list
    Some typical course-specific information
    an instructor could add
   External links to library resources:
        Course-relevant databases and indices
        Specific articles in databases or online journals (persistent
        Links to ejournals pertaining to the course content
        Direct links to credible websites
        Subject guides
        Streaming media
        Descriptions of library services (equipment checkout, ITC, PP
         Room, et.c)
   Name/contact info for relevant subject specialist
   Library research assignments
    Helping faculty find/evaluate other
   Other UO faculty using Blackboard
   Course-relevant free web links
   Learning objects
   Test banks
   Textbooks, especially ones with Blackboard
    course cartridges

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